FRP offers several advantages in comparison to the traditional materials and it’s virtually incomparable when it comes to choose grating system for highly corrosive environment. FRP refer to fibre reinforced plastic or polymer that is manufactured out of polymer matrix reinforced with fibre. The material is generally used in automotive, aerospace, marine as well as in construction industry. The industry has experienced exponential growth with their use ranging from advanced engineering structure fabrication to offshore platforms and a wide repertoire of industrial material. Their usage has not only increased in the existing market but it has become successful in fledging wings to relatively new markets like civil structures. The emergence of new more advanced forms of fibreglass materials are one of the key factors behind its increased popularity.
FRP composite can be modified in order to satiate any performance requirement. Only a professional can determine the combination of two materials to manufacture the composite structure conforming to industry-specific requirements. Commercial FRP material is typically manufactured of carbon or glass fibres in matrices depending on the thermosetting polymers, like polyester resins or epoxy. Often thermoplastic materials are used as it can be molded in the postproduction stage, few people know there are certain types of composites in which metal or ceramic is used as matrix.
Corrosion Resistance: Yes, you have heard it right FRP composites don’t corrode or rust with time, thus its structural integrity remains even after long exposure to the sun, water and air. Depending on the resin systems, you can make it resistant to certain chemicals as well. When you are not much aware of the apt resin system conforming to your industry need, then consult with the professional for the best advice. Owing to its electrical insulation properties FRP handrail, stair tread, stair nosing have gained huge popularity as the workers in high voltage environment can work without the fear of electrocution.
High Strength: With the choice of components FRP composites can be instilled with tensile strength, impact, flexural and compressive strengths, besides fibreglass composites are anisotropic that means it can be designed with oriented reinforcements in order to impart strength in certain direction or area. It can retain their shape and functionality under severe environmental and mechanical stresses; it doesn’t exhibit viscoelastic characteristics like thermoplastics. High strengths coupled with corrosion resistance make the material durable.
Lightweight: Despite being high in strength, it’s much lighter in weight that many of the materials used for manufacturing industrial composite grating systems.
Owing to these features, FRP is not only being used as the reinforcements in modular structures, concrete constructions for seismic upgrade or strengthening but also in restoration and construction of new industrial structures.